Note: Click on "Two Redistricting Scenarios" link at right to view maps of proposed middle school districts.
Change is on the horizon for Hobbs schools. You can see it every day as construction progresses on the new Freshman High School, the Alternative Learning Center and the Maintenance and Warehouse. What’s not so obvious are the other changes that must occur as we restructure the way we teach our children.
That’s where you, parents and interested members of the public, come in.
When the Freshman High School opens its doors August 2011, all ninth-graders will move to the new Freshmen High School on Sanger near the HHS campus. This shift accomplishes two things: It reinforces to our freshmen that they are part of the high school student body and each class counts toward graduation.
The move also frees up an entire school at a time when many of our elementary schools are filled to capacity and spilling over into portable classrooms. So, based on the recommendations of the Facility Assessment Community Team and education experts who have determined that a middle school concept provides the best environment for learning, HMS will rebuild an educational structure that has been in place for decades in our city. Elementary schools next year will instruct grades K-5 while sixth-graders will join 7th
graders in attending one of three middle schools in town.
Those schools will be Highland, Houston and the former Heizer campus. We need public input how to determine which students will attend those schools.
For nearly a year HMS has relied on the expertise of a demographics expert to break the city into three, equally populated middle school districts. Earlier this year a committee comprised of teachers, parents and one junior high school student boiled down the company’s 32 option list to two redistricting possibilities.
One redistricting solution would result in a nearly even mix of student ethnicities and income levels at all schools. Because of recent Hobbs building trends, dividing districts based on this option would mean bussing students from north Hobbs to south Hobbs, and, in many cases, separating students from their elementary classmates.
The second option creates districts that send students to the school located nearest their home. Each proposal has its benefits and downfalls.
Before the district moves forward, it needs your feedback on this important question. We’ll hold public hearings at each middle school location in October, compile those results and present a redistricting recommendation to the Hobbs School Board. Those hearings are scheduled for 6 p.m. on Oct. 7 at Highland, 6 p.m. Oct. 14 at Houston and 6 p.m. Oct. 26 at Heizer.
If you are unable to attend or would prefer to submit written comments, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org . Please weigh in on this important issue.
Your opinion matters